Travelling as a family can be one of the most stressful and fun times of the year, however, there is a lot that you need to prepare. Whether it is the health insurance paperwork or the GHIC cards for the whole family, this needs to be planned in advance. In this article, we will be giving you insight into why you should be applying for a GHIC for the whole family.
What Is A GHIC Card?
A GHIC card is a card issued by the NHS to those that are travelling to Europe from the UK and is used to offer medical care either completely free or at a reduced cost. This can be applied for online for every member of your family just in time for you to travel to Europe completely protected.
How Does This Help When Travelling To Europe?
When travelling to Europe you want to make sure that you are as protected as possible regardless of the location and with both travel insurance and an EHIC card you can make sure you are safe at all times. But what countries in Europe do not accept an EHIC card? We have listed these below:
- the Channel Islands, including Guernsey, Alderney and Sark
- the Isle of Man
- San Marino
- the Vatican
The EHIC card that you have is not accepted in the lists that are above, therefore, it is important to make sure you have other travel insurance in place as well.
What Age Do You Need To Be To Apply
Each family member that you have will need to have a UK GHIC card meaning that you will have to fill out an application form for all those in the family that are under the age of 16. If all the members of the family are over the age of 18, this will need to be planned and applied for in advance, allowing it to turn up on time before you travel. Each application is as simple as possible and if done correctly will have your card to your home through the post in just 2 weeks.
How Long Does It Take To Get The Card?
Though the estimated time of arrival for your GHIC cards is listed as 2 weeks, several variables will need to be considered such as delays in the post and other aspects. In addition, should the information you input be correct, you will need to apply again with the correct information. The card will then arrive within 2 weeks of the application being filled out. As a result of any of these delays, it is advised that you apply for the GHIC card at least one month before you are due to travel as it will make sure that they arrive on time.
With this in mind, there are several elements that you need to consider when applying for a GHIC card to make sure that it arrives on time. Where will you be starting with your application process?